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|U.S. House, South Carolina, District 7|
|Horry County Council|
|High school||Florence Christian School|
|Master's||Johns Hopkins University|
|Profession||Businessman, Ex-Horry County Council Chair|
Prosser served as Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism under former Governor Mark Sanford. He started his career as a Presidential Management Fellow, working as an International Economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration under President George H.W. Bush. For eight years, Prosser served on the Horry County Council. In 2010, he was awarded South Carolina's highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto.
Prosser ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing South Carolina's 7th District. Prosser ran against Randal Wallace, Dick Withington, James Mader, Katherine Jenerette, and Renee Culler in the Republican primary on June 12. He was defeated by Tom Rice (SC) and Andre Bauer. The run-off election was won by Tom Rice on June 26th. 
Effect of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in South Carolina
The 7th district was added following the results of the 2010 census. According to the Washington Post, despite Republican-controlled redistricting decisions, this district is a battleground for Democrats and Republicans seeking control of the U.S. House. With Republican front-runner Thad Viers deciding not to run and Democrat Ted Vick showing some appeal to conservatives, South Carolina's 7th is a swing district this year.
On May 2, 2012, Prosser publicly called for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to resign. Prosser cited Holder's failure to intervene in the Fast and Furious controversy, and his intrusion into internal South Carolina affairs.
During the Republican debate on June 4, Prosser pledged that if elected, he will forgo his congressional salary until the federal budget is balanced. He also said he supports term limits.
On April 30, 2012, Prosser released his first TV ad, titled "Conservative Reformer."
A Francis Marion University/SCNOW.com poll, conducted May 14-15, 2012, showed Bauer with a slim lead over the rest of the candidate field.
|South Carolina's Congressional District 7, 2012|
|Poll||Andre Bauer (R)||Tom Rice (R)||Chad Prosser (R)||Jay Jordan (R)||Katherine Jenerette (R)||Dick Withington (R)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(May 14-15, 2012)
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On May 14, 2012, the 7th congressional candidates attended a forum that was followed by a post-debate poll. Then, Jay Jordan won the poll with 49 percent of the votes. Former Lt. Governor Andre Bauer followed with 23 percent, and Chad Prosser came in third with 11 percent. Tom Rice garnered nine percent of the votes, and Randal Wallace ended the night with three percent.
As of March 31, 2012, Prosser raised $220,201 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $53,729, leaving him with $166,472 cash on hand. Of that, 49 percent came from candidate self-financing and 49 percent was from individual contributions. Two percent came from PAC contributions.
Prosser lives in Murrells Inlet with his sons, Matthew and Thomas.
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- ↑ FitsNews.com "Chad Prosser announces congressional campaign" Accessed Febraury 5, 2012
- ↑ Campaign website "Biography" Accessed March 19, 2012
- ↑ WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
- ↑ Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
- ↑ fitsnews.com "Chad Prosser Calls On Eric Holder To Resign" Accessed May 31, 2012
- ↑ scnow.com "Bauer, Rice trade barbs at GOP debate" Accessed June 7, 2012
- ↑ SCNOW.com "Bauer, Rice lead in FMU/SCNOW.com poll" Accessed May 19, 2012
- ↑ scnow.com "Florence's Jordan tops poll at 7th Congressional event at West Florence High School" Accessed May 31, 2012
- ↑ opensecrets.org Accessed May 20, 2012